Sea Freight Services - Full Container Loads (FCL)

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TR Logistics Group utilises Full Container Loads (FCL), this offers our customers reliable, flexible and cost efficient transportation globally.

We offer bespoke alternatives for the movement of all kinds of commodities using various equipment types and capacities.

Our FCL service covers all sectors and their products relating, but not limited to:  

  • Automotive
  • Consumer
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Chemicals
  • Retail
  • Life Science
  • Healthcare
  • Energy

Through our experienced team based in Belfast in Northern Ireland, we negotiate volumes with globally accreditated carriers to ensure our customers are given the highest quality, space availability and optimum pricing for your FCL freight.

Our FCL services are enhanced by a range of bespoke IT solutions including:

  • Visibility of freight in transit
  • Update of your in-house IT systems
  • Notifying custom authorities and contractors of your shipment details

SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention - Container Weight Verification Requirement

Effective 1 July 2016

At TR Logistics Group our focus is to ensure the integrity and credibility of your shipment from point of pickup through to delivery.

However, in recent years, the industry has seen some major incidents at sea and on shore arising from packed containers that had incorrect weight declarations. To prevent these, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in collaboration with industry representatives, have therefore adopted specific rules as part of the SOLAS Convention including a Verified Gross Mass (VGM).

The purpose of the VGM requirement is to obtain an accurate gross weight of packed containers so that vessel and terminal operators can prepare vessel stowage plans prior to loading cargo on ships. The requirement will protect vessel and terminal operators’ people and assets, as well as shippers’ cargo.

What will change as of 1 July 2016?

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Immediate consequences for the shipper are that as of July 2016, the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weight of every container needs to be provided to the carrier before the load list cut-off. Furthermore, it will be the shipper’s responsibility to ensure that the accurate weight is being provided. If no VGM weight has been provided, the container will not be loaded on to the vessel.

Two permissible methods for weighing:

Method 1: Weigh the packed container.

Method 2: Weigh the cargo and other contents and add tare mass of the container.

Needing more clarification?

At TR Logistics Group, we are consulting with our customers to ensure they are not only aware but have all in place prior to 1st July 2016 to safeguard their freight movements and avoid refusal to load at point of presentation to the relevant shipping line if the VGM has not been declared. 

A member of the TR Logistics Group team would appreciate the opportunity to discuss any requirements relating to your FCL requirements. This could be just a short phone call, email or a more detailed discussion. This consultation involves our seafreight experts sitting down with you, at no charge and with no obligation, to learn about your seafreight challenges and then provide you with ideas on ways to drive down costs and improve service.

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